DVML chasing further shows

The company running the Forsyth Barr Stadium is hoping to lock in another two concerts for the facility.

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies was not giving away any details yesterday, but he confirmed recent comments he was in "advanced discussions" for further shows.

At a recent Dunedin City Council finance, strategy and development committee meeting, Mr Davies was asked by Cr Paul Hudson if he was chasing more concerts for the stadium after the success of ticket sales for an Elton John show later this year.

Tickets for the performer all but sold out soon after going on sale, and so the venue's first international act was regarded as a coup by stadium promoters.

"We are always searching," Mr Davies said.

"We've been in advanced discussions for two further shows."

Mr Davies confirmed yesterday those discussions were ongoing, but would not elaborate.

Asked how long before any confirmation might come through, he responded: "How long is a piece of string?"

Private-sector funding, being raised by the sale of seating products and sponsorship, had reached about $42 million, close to the amount required by the council for the stadium.

Money raised beyond that figure would be used for operational expenditure, Mr Davies said.

- david.loughrey@odt.co.nz


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